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At the Table Live Lecture - Ekaterina (download) Review

Official Review

June 23rd, 2015 1:38am
Rating:
Reviewed by Dr. J. M. Ayala de Cedoz
The bulk of this lecture was spent on a principle that Ekaterina became quite famous for after her appearance on the 'Wizard Wars' TV show in the United States. While she does not teach the exact effect she performed on the TV show, she does teach the principle behind it.

The first 50 minutes of the lecture cover that topic, what to do and what not to do, how to prepare the necessary items and various ideas on how/when/where and for whom to perform the effect. Very strong and very powerful ideas!

The rest of the lecture seemed to be a bit choppy because Ekaterina kept going off camera for bits of time while she left Mike to practice a move that she just demonstrated a moment before.

Other than that, she teaches some basic cardistry moves and sequences, her take on the classic "Biddle Trick" and a very nice little routine with a normal finger ring. The finger ring routine looks very magical and is a great thing to have in your back pocket (actually, on your finger) for impromptu situations. It will take some practice to get it smooth, but it is not incredibly difficult.

The cardistry that you will learn in this lecture is quite basic, though she does not always explain everything in great detail but rather skims over some of the stuff. Most of it should be enough to get you started and she does provide a great deal of video resources on cardistry.

Ekaterina talks about her philosophy as a performer and being a female magician. Even some of her ideas and thoughts on performance character could be applied to and used by male magicians.

Mike Hankins had his hands full with this lecture because he followed along with most of the things she was teaching so he was learning at the same time as the audience, which made for an interesting lecture to say the least.

If you have ever wanted to get started in very basic cardistry, you may find some things on here that will be great to start with. Personally, though my opinion of effect does not effect the star rating, I would recommend this lecture just for the principle you learn at the beginning. There is so very much you can do with it that it is worth the cost.

If you are an experienced XCM or cardistry performer, do not look here for anything to whet your appetite because it is not here.

All in all the lecture was good but it felt like there was something missing, though I cannot exactly pinpoint just what that something is.

3.5 stars.

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Product info for At the Table Live Lecture - Ekaterina (download)

Author: Ekaterina
Publisher: Murphy's Magic Supplies, Inc.
Average Rating:  (2)
Retail Price: $24.95
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Manufacturer's Description:

This AT THE TABLE EXPERIENCE with Ekaterina, will have a little bit of everything for everyone. Ekaterina, who appeared on the SyFy hit show, Wizard Wars, will be giving you an exciting class in cardistry, magic & showmanship. There will be something here for both the complete beginner as well as the more advanced. So break out your cards, and prepare to learn everything from basic flourishes to enhance your magic, to the more advanced and difficult moves to just plain show off.

Ekaterina will also be covering magic for both close-up and stage as she tips one of the effects for the stage that she performed on Wizard Wars. Ekaterina will also perform and explain a few card effects which have never seen print until this event. One of them fooled Penn & Teller! Mix that in with a funny rope-escape routine, and you have yourself an AT THE TABLE EXPERIENCE that cannot be missed!


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